Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Sacramento -Assembly Revenue and Taxation Committee Chair Sebastian Ridley-Thomas (D-Los Angeles) released the following statement on Assembly Bill 71:

"Assembly Bill 71 is a step in the right direction, but more must be done to address California's housing crisis.  There are many segments of our society, including Millennials, who find themselves frozen out of the housing market.  We, as a state, must do all we can to address this inequity.  New homeownership not only benefits first time homebuyers, but works to stabilize local property tax revenues as well.  As AB 71 progresses through the legislative process, I am committed to ensuring that homeownership becomes an attainable goal for all.  I look forward to working with Assemblymember Chiu and other Members of the Legislature to find solutions that work for California."

Friday, May 12, 2017

SACRAMENTO —Assembly Revenue and Taxation Committee Chair Sebastian Ridley-Thomas (D-Los Angeles) released the following statement on Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.'s 2017 May Revision Budget Proposal:

“While the Governor’s revised budget seeks to restore some of the funding that was slated to be eliminated in his January proposal, like funding for the Coordinated Care Initiative, additional solutions must be sought and considered to address the needs of low- and moderate-income families.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

From May 1-31, 2017, the Los Angeles County will be waiving overdue fines so that you can come back and enjoy the library again. During Fine Forgiveness Month, return overdue materials to your local library without paying applicable overdue fees. They're also waiving accumulated overdue fines on already-returned materials—just visit the circulation desk.

Visit them this May, return your items, and enjoy the library again!

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

SACRAMENTO - Assemblymember Sebastian  Ridley-Thomas secures support from the Assembly Human Services Committee for AB 675. AB 675 would appropriate $650,000,000 from the General Fund to the department for the purpose of continuing to make in home support services available to Medi-Cal beneficiaries.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

SACRAMENTO- Assemblymember Sebastian Ridley-Thomas released the following statement at the announcement of the federal tax reform proposal:

 Our primary focus is on a fair tax system that supports economic growth, reduces income inequality and benefits taxpayers. Multiple plans are forming, but chief priorities for the vitality of the Golden States’ economy are keeping the federal deductions Californians enjoy in their payment of state and local taxes (SALT) and continued authorization for tax exempt public debt.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

A bill to halt plans in dozens of California cities to tax streaming video services for five years is stalled for the year.

Assemblyman Sebastian Ridley-Thomas (D) agreed to shift his A.B. 252 into an idea that lawmakers will study this year and take up again in 2018. The unanimous vote April 24 in the Assembly Revenue and Taxation Committee was a win for the powerful California Cable and Telecommunications Association, as well as cities, counties and the consulting firm MuniServices LLC, which has been helping cities figure out if their existing ordinances would allow such a tax.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Sacramento- Assemblymember Sebastian Ridley-Thomas released the following statement on Assembly Bill 252:

“I remain committed to protecting taxpayers and promoting fairness in application of existing levies. Assembly Bill 252 begins a serious dialogue about taxation for a twenty-first century economy. I intend to see the proposal through in conversation with taxpayer advocates, local governments, and industry. No less than the future of the innovation economy and fair taxation is at stake.”

Friday, April 7, 2017

(Sacramento) – The Road Repair and Accountability Act was the focus of a recent story featuring Assemblymember Sebastian Ridley-Thomas (D-Los Angeles) on ABC10 (KXTV). The Assemblymember explained why the State Legislature needs to pass the transportation investment package. Watch their story in this Assembly Assets video.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Sacramento - Assemblymember Sebastian Ridley-Thomas released the following statement after voting for Governor Brown’s $52 Billion Transportation Package that would repair California’s crumbling roads, rails and bridges over the next 10 years:

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Huffington Post
Sebastian Ridley-Thomas

If states remain the laboratories of democracy, let the State of California model fiscally responsible governance with a commitment to respecting the policy concerns of Californians. Substantial chatter on the left coast since November 8th of last year has focused on the deep concerns felt about new leadership in Washington, D.C. and a country with seemingly divergent views on the future of the Union.